FREEHOLD, NJ - A Howell Township man is charged with Vehicular Homicide after a passenger in the car he was driving died as a result of a single-car crash in June, announced Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

Jacob Cannizzaro, 21, of Howell, is charged with second degree Vehicular Homicide and third degree Assault by Auto after a joint investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and Howell Township Police Department revealed Cannizzaro was behind the wheel of a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt when the vehicle left the roadway and collided with a tree around 11:27 p.m. along Fort Plains Road on June 14, 2013.

The rear passenger of the vehicle, Mark Chilton, 22, of Freehold, died as a result of the motor vehicle collision.  Chilton was pronounced dead at the scene.  The front passenger, Angelo Capasso, 21, of Howell, survived the single-car crash but sustained injuries and was treated at a local hospital. Additionally, Cannizzaro was also issued numerous motor vehicle summonses including speeding and Driving While Intoxicated.

Cannizzaro was released after posting $100,000 bail as set by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Francis J. Vernoia, P.J.Cr.  As a condition of bail, Cannizzaro was required to surrender his drivers’ license.

If convicted of second degree Vehicular Homicide, Cannizzaro faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in a New Jersey state prison, and faces up to five years in prison on the third degree Assault by Auto charge.

Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all of the trial rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and State law.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Monmouth County Prosecutor Jennifer Lipp, of the Office’s Major Crimes Bureau.  Cannizzaro is represented by Michael A. Grasso, Esq. of Freehold.